Rittich Gets 2nd Shutout of Season, Kings Snap Islanders 6-Game Winning Streak 3–0

Rittich Gets 2nd Shutout of Season, Kings Snap Islanders 6-Game Winning Streak 3–0

Los Angeles Kings goaltender David Rittich (31) deflects a shot by New York Islanders center Kyle Palmieri (21) with Kings defenseman Matt Roy (3) defending during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles on March 11, 2024. (Alex Gallardo/AP Photo)

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

3/12/2024

Updated: 3/12/2024

LOS ANGELES—David Rittich stopped 26 shots for his sixth career shutout, Adrian Kempe reached the 20-goal mark for the third straight season and the Los Angeles Kings beat New York 3–0 on Monday night to snap the Islanders’ six-game winning streak.
It was the Kings’ fifth shutout this season and the second for Rittich, who was making his first start since Feb. 26. The Czech-born goalie made 26 saves in a 4–0 victory over Edmonton on Feb. 10, which was Jim Hiller’s first game as interim coach.
“David was patient. He played well prior but (Cam) Talbot was going good, so we were riding him. But it was David’s time,” Hiller said. “That’s a great performance when you see a goalie come in after being out that long and be able to play a game like that.”
Trevor Moore had a goal and an assist and Phillip Danault also scored for the Kings, who went 3–1–1 during their five-game homestand. Los Angeles is third in the Pacific Division with 77 points.
“We knew we didn’t have the best night the other night against Dallas (a 4–1 loss). So we knew what we had to do. Playing against the Islanders, who are well known for playing good defense, it’s good we showed up that way too,” Rittich said.
The Islanders didn’t convert on any of their five power-play opportunities and were blanked for the fifth time. They are tied with Detroit for the Eastern Conference’s second wild card with 72 points. Ilya Sorokin made 22 saves.
“We’re playing good hockey, and that’s the important thing to me. I mean, we played a good hockey game here. … It was 1–0 until midway of the third period,“ coach Patrick Roy said. ”Honestly, I am very pleased with the effort, the back checking, how we compete with them. It was playoff hockey.”
Kempe returned to the lineup on Saturday after missing five games due to an arm injury. He admitted to playing it a little bit safe in the 4–1 loss to Dallas, but showed more of a burst in his second game back.
Jordan Spence passed to Kempe, who fired a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle that went over Sirokin’s glove and into the short side of the net 7:14 into the second period.
It was also the sixth time this season Kempe has scored the game-opening goal.
“I thought that was his best game since I can remember. I thought he was extremely physical and fast,“ said Hiller about Kempe. “To score from the outside is really difficult against Sorokin. You know that it’s going to take a great shot to beat him. He’s got some power and quickness there and the release it’s hard to read.”
Danault put in the rebound at 6:07 of the third period after Sirokin made a stick save on Trevor Moore' shot. It was Danault’s 15th of the season and first since he had a hat trick on March 3 against New Jersey.
Moore added an empty-net goal, his team-leading 25th of the season, with 2:22 remaining.
Los Angeles Kings right wing Adrian Kempe (L) celebrates with goaltender David Rittich (31) after the Kings defeat the New York Islanders in an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles on March 11, 2024. (Alex Gallardo/AP Photo)

Los Angeles Kings right wing Adrian Kempe (L) celebrates with goaltender David Rittich (31) after the Kings defeat the New York Islanders in an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles on March 11, 2024. (Alex Gallardo/AP Photo)

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